Celebrating Christmas Cyber Monday Sale 75% Discount!!

I confess, I get a little zing whenever I score an awesome deal. I’m a frugal shopper and I rarely purchase anything unless it’s deeply discounted. Well, you can’t get much lower than 75% off, right?

I’m super excited to share this Flash Cyber Monday sale with you from our affiliate partner Bundle of the Week on their e-book bundle, Celebrating Christmas, featuring my new book, Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas.

On Monday, 12/2 we’re bringing back our Christmas bundles for just 24 hours each as part of our Cyber Monday Flash Sale!

This bundle offers a collection of ebooks to help you celebrate a simple Christmas with traditional activities, homemade gifts, healthy recipes and a devotional for the advent season. Save more than 75% as you rediscover and focus on the true meaning of Christmas! Continue reading

Mountain Hearth Christmas Ginger Cream Cookies & Giveaway Prize Pack!!

Mountain Heath Christmas share a virtual cookie recipe exchange and printable Bible verses for garlands and gift tags www.melissaknorris.comThe fire crackles and pops before you. Spicy fragrant cedar boughs hang from your mantle and a white pine trimmed with popcorn and cranberries bedecks your front room. A steaming mug of homemade apple cider and a plate of fresh baked cookies sit beside you. Your best friends settle in for a moment of chatting, a rare moment to savor good company.

That’s where we invite you this week…

To a place of sweet fellowship, sharing not just the recipes of a traditional cookie exchange, but also the corners of our hearts where we hold cherished scriptures.

Our hope through this blog hop is to join with you in starting the holiday season off in gentle, truth-filled simplicity, and perhaps even inspiring a new tradition in your home. Continue reading

Mrs. Miracle | Guest Post by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Plus a Giveaway)

I’m very excited to be a part of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s giveaway and release of her new book. She’s a friend of mine and we enjoy sharing chicken raising woes and the joys of gardening. Many of you know I admire the way the Amish live close to the earth, growing their own food, and cooking from scratch. Reading is one of my other loves, so these two marry perfectly in her new book. Good luck and enjoy!



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“The Next Big Thing”

My friend Amanda Dykes recently asked me to participate in a blog hop. It’s one you may have seen floating around the writer-blogosphere in the past few months, called “The Next Big Thing.” The purpose is simply to give you a peek inside the current or latest projects of different authors, as a new way to introduce you to books you may enjoy.

Most of you know about my non-fiction, Pioneering Today, but here is a little sampling of the novel I’m starting:

The Homestead-where my dad grew up

1. What is the title of your book? The working title of my new novel is A Pioneer Heart. My heroine is caught in the hard life as a logger’s daughter at the turn of the century. Her father is prone to drink and when she meets a local musician, she sees a way out from the rough life in the mountains. But a quiet hard working farmer tempts her to stay, though it means giving up her dreams of escape.

2. Where did the idea come for the book? My family settled in the mountains where I live back in the early 1940′s after migrating from the hollows of North Carolina.  My father was a logger and I used to ride with him in his log truck up the steep mountain roads. I fell in love with this valley among the twists and turns of the switch backs, each one revealing staggering evergreens and snow capped spires of the Cascades. I wanted to tell a story of the incredible strength, courage, and sacrifice the men and women made who carved out homes and lives here.

3: What genre does your book fall under? Historical Christian fiction with a love story.

4. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It’s similar to Julie Cantrell’s, Into the Free, and Joanne’s Bischof Be Still My Soul, which are two of my all time favorite books. If I can come close to spinning a story as well crafted as theirs, I will be honored.

5. What else about your book will pique readers interest? While the characters will be fictional, many of the incidents will be based on real events. I’ll have pictures of the cabin my dad grew up in, with no indoor plumbing, just a hand pump, and a single outhouse. He had to cross a creek to get to school, walk over four miles, and in the winter the bottoms of his pant legs would be frozen by the time he arrived. I can’t wait to share pictures of the cabins, the trails the heroine walks, and the cross cut saws and stumps still left standing almost a hundred years later.

While Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way teach you the lifestyle of my grandparents, A Pioneer Heart, will let you live it.

Thank you for stopping by today and here’s two great ladies I’m thrilled to introduce you too.

Jessie Gunderson: Living, Loving and Laughing Out Loud! Sometimes redneck, often random but always Jessie. The insane life of a mom of five, freelance author, craft junkie living on a little farm in the Idaho mountains.

Jan Cline: Is the author of A Heart Out of Hiding. If you are cuddled up in your warm hiding place thinking you can make things happen without stepping outside, guess what? It never works. Our call to love and serve can’t be done through the keyhole in the closed door of our hearts.



Top 10 Best Books for the Christian Book Lover on Your List

Today I’m participating in a blog parade hosted by literary agency, Wordserve. The theme is a writer’s wish list and believe it or not, I’m a reader first, a writer second. If you’d like to see all the giveaways and authors participating, here’s the link.

My wish is for everyone to read good books that enrich your life, no matter if they flow from my hand or someone else’s. So I compiled my favorite 10 books for the Christian book lover and thought it might help some of you finish up your Christmas shopping.

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Book Review and Giveaway-Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

I see there are two options to Black Friday. You can either join the madness or curl up with a good book. If you’re not out shopping then here’s a great book for you.

Unending Devotion, is my favorite of Hedlund’s three books so far. As a logger’s daughter, I enjoy reading about the historical aspect of the hardworking men that made up the lumber camps.

Lily Young longs to find her lost sister or will die trying. Heedless of any danger, she searches logging camps and towns, posing as a photographer’s assistant. And then she arrives in Harrison, Michigan-and into the sights of Connell McCormick.

Lily doesn’t back down from what she believes in and I admired that. Hedlund balanced showing both sides of Lily and Connell’s feelings towards the necessary or unnecessary evils of the brothels and taverns plaguing the lumber towns. Connell must decide if the end truly justifies the means.

The element of suspense was wove throughout the book and kept me turning the page. I read this book in just over a day. I can still see Connell with his knife……

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. And I’m offering up my copy to you! (If you’re reading this via RSS or email, click through to enter the giveaway)
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Do you venture out on Black Friday? Have you read a good book recently you’d like to share? Do you give books for Christmas?

Do you ever feel like you were born a century to late? Ever want to try some of the recipes and lifestyle of the historical fiction you read? Then Pioneering Today is for you! Filled with tips for implementing the best of the pioneer lifestyle into your modern one, including over 40 delicious recipes. Read the first chapter here and give the gift of Pioneering Today!

How to Find Peace and Love with Author Rita Gerlach + Apple Tansey Recipe

Many of you know I enjoyed reading Rita Gerlach’s first novel Before The Scarlet Dawn. I was thrilled when she accepted my invitation to blog about the second book and share her recipe for Apple Tansey.

Here’s some words from Rita.Series

This month, the second book in the Daughters of the Potomac Series, Beside Two Rivers, was released. At the end of the novel, I include Psalm 142:13. This is my rest forever: here will I dwell, for I have desired it.

Is that not a beautiful scripture? Finding a place where you will have rest forever is a comforting thought. We all long for rest, for peace, for a release from the troubles of life. The heroine’s in this series have this longing while facing difficult times. They search for home, family, truth, and love. Don’t our lives come down to that—finding rest within a dwelling place, among family no matter how large or small? Don’t we quest for truth and desire to be loved? This scripture was on my mind while writing these books, and what I learned in the process was God is our sure dwelling place. He is our heavenly Father. As we seek Him we will know the Truth that sets us free. We discover He loves us with an everlasting love. This does not come from sitting in a pew or following a set of rules. It is a heart thing, deeply personal between you and God.

If you are struggling today, speak Psalm 142:13 into your life. Meditate upon those beautiful words written by the Psalmist thousands of years ago that has come down the centuries to you.

In Closing

Melissa asked me to include a recipe that was popular in the Colonial era called Apple Tansey.

To make an Apple Tansey,

Take three pippins (apples), slice them round in thin slices, and fry them with butter; then beat four eggs, with six spoonfuls of cream, a little water, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/3 cup sugar; stir them together, and pour it over the apples; let it fry a little, and turn it with a pye-plate (pie plate). Garnish with lemon and sugar (perhaps some cinnamon) strew’d (strewn) over it. (I added the exact measurements for sugar and nutmeg to make it easier if you want to try this-Melissa)


From The Compleat Housewife, or, Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion by E. Smith, published in London, 1754.

You can print this recipe out on a 3×5 card from here: http://www.history.org/Almanack/life/food/appletansy.cfm

My own book, Pioneering Today, released this month and I have a special offer for you. FREE exclusive secret recipe and BONUS chapter on Dutch Oven cooking when you forward your Amazon proof of purchase email and mailing address to melissaknorris@juno.com. EXPIRES October 31, 2012

Read First Chapter HERE

What’s your favorite verse for finding peace and love in Jesus, instead of this world? Do you have a favorite “antique” recipe?

Pioneering Today-How to Make Apple Butter with author Joanne Bischof

Don’t you love it when  you meet someone new and have an instant connection? That’s how I felt when I first met Appalachian author Joanne Bischof and now here she is on my blog showing you how to make apple butter!

I was thrilled when she offered to share her tutorial and recipe for How to Make Apple Butter. I know you’ll adore Joanne as much as I do.

In her words:

As an author of Appalachian romance, I love doing research. But what’s even more fun than the research, are the hands-on activities that harken back to the early 1900’s, the days of my characters. I’m a country girl at heart but am still new to the world of simple living, so when I started blogging about two years ago, I decided to start a thread called the “Adventures of Country Living.” I really wanted to embrace the spirit that we don’t have to be an expert at something to give it a try.

It’s all about having fun and learning something new, right? Plus, embracing the pioneer spirit brings us closer to one another and closer to our own two hands resulting with that “I can’t believe I did it!” victory dance. Yes, I victory dance when projects turn out well.

One of those projects that I’ve been skirting around for a while is canning. I met Melissa and instantly fell in love with her pioneering ways and encouraging spirit, plus her tutorials are awesome! I tried her apple pie filling tutorial and it was fabulous. I still had ton of apples, and when she encouraged me to give canning a try, I did!

I called up my neighbor who had all the canning supplies and my mother-in-law had some cases of jars she wanted to use up, so…I was officially out of excuses. I made a few changes to the recipe, like cutting the sugar and using apple cider to replace some of the water and it turned out delicious. I’d love to share it with you today!

Apple Butter Recipe (This made about 7 half pints): Continue reading

Book Review and Giveaway of Over the Edge by Mary Connealy

I expected Mary Connealy’s western historical, Over the Edge, to be a fun quick read. I enjoy a good cowboy book and the cover promised a handsome cowboy, don’t you think?

It held up to its promises and then some.

There was plenty of horses, cowboys, and cowgirls. What I didn’t expect was the struggle inside all of us between good and evil. Both the villian and the hero had to fight the most evil of all, what lies inside our heart.

With a cavern and underground tunnels, fossils, and diamonds, Over the Edge, kept me on the edge of my seat too.

Here’s a few lines from the back cover.

Seth Kincaid remembers almost everything…..except getting married.

Seth is willing to make amends. Callie is more interested in shooting him. Can they rekindle their love before one of them goes over the edge?

I recommend reading this western for more than just the blue-eyed cowboy on the front cover. I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. And I’m offering up my copy to you! (If you’re reading this via RSS or email, click through to enter the giveaway)

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Like free books? Here’s info on my upcoming release and how to snag a copy for free.

Make Your Dream a Reality Today

We all have a dream living inside us. Something we want to do someday. Something we tell ourselves we’ll do when we have more time, when the kids are grown, when our finances are better.

Someday never comes.

There will never be a perfect time to start your dream.

I’ve wanted to be a published author ever since I was a little girl. After I had my daughter, I let that dream take a back seat. But it wouldn’t stop nagging at me.

If God has called you to do something, you will be miserable until you step into your calling.

The day I signed with my literary agent, I fulfilled the first part of my publishing dream.

How to turn someday into today. Continue reading